At the first glance, this handsome little kid comes across as shy and quiet. ‘ He is a wonderful child.’ says his teacher, who is clearly very proud of her young student. Although he’s learning to respond slowly, Joel doesn’t make eye contact with anyone and that’s when people start noticing that he is a special needs child. Joel is autistic and people need to deal with him sensitively. His father, who has studied till high school, is a nurse and makes just enough to provide the basic needs of the family. Vathsalya nurtures kids like Joel with the required attention and imparts education and life-skills to them. To know more about how Vathsalya is doing its bit for education of children like Joel please click here.